Richard Ryan and Edward Deci

The Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of Motivation

Psychologists Richard Ryan, left and Edward Deci, developed the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation, which toppled the dominant belief that the best way to get human beings to perform tasks is to reinforce their behavior with rewards.

"Because of the centrality of motivation in human function," Ryan says SDT "covers a lot of the turf of psychology"—the developmental, social, personality and clinical aspects.

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Technology, Mind and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference

The American Psychological Association will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind, and Society in Washington, DC, on April 5-7, 2018.

The conference will provide a venue for reporting and assessing current efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology, for identifying priorities for future work, and for promoting exchange and collaboration among participants. Keynote talks will feature leading experts who work at the intersection of psychology and technology and represent contrasting perspectives and goals. The program will also include poster presentations and peer-reviewed paper presentations.

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IonTuition, a web-based service that helps you manage student loan repayment, is now available at no charge to all APA members as part of your membership.

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Plug into topic- and interest-based groups in one of APA's 54 divisions.

Division meetings provide an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues who share your professional interests.

APA’s 54 divisions are interest groups organized by members. Some represent subdisciplines of psychology (e.g., experimental, social or clinical) while others focus on topical areas such as aging, ethnic minorities or trauma.

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Education

Read about critical thinking skills to foster scientific literacy, teaching confirmation bias using The Beatles, and more in this collection of articles.

Mentorship

Whether you are a mentor, or a mentee, learn how to take advantage of the mentorship experience in this collection of articles.